By Chris Harris
This could be London's season in the Champions League, according to Arsène Wenger.
The competition's last 16 was confirmed on Wednesday night after the final round of group fixtures and the Manchester clubs are conspicuous by their absence after failing to qualify and dropping into the Europa League instead.
That leaves Arsenal and Chelsea - beaten finalists in 2006 and 2008 respectively - as the Premier League's representatives. Wenger thinks they both have a chance.
"We were close [to winning the trophy], Chelsea were close too - the two teams were very, very close," he told Arsenal Player.
"You face competition from all over Europe with some massive clubs. But maybe this is London's season, you never know."
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